The time when Irene Papas secretly sang a Byzantine hymn in the Hagia Sophia (VIDEO)

Irene Papas sang the Byzantine hymn “Ti Hypermacho Stratigo” in Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia during a broadcast in

In particular, she entered the Hagia Sophia and secretly sang “Ti Hypermacho Stratigo” shortly before Easter 1983. She then traveled with Kostas Hardavella in Istanbul for ERT’s “Reporters” program.

Their daring and dangerous plan was crowned with success.

Wearing a red scarf on her head that made her presence even more impressive, she began to sing “Ti Hypermacho Stratigo”, the Byzantine hymn heard at the fall of the city in 1453.

The scene is creepy. And as she later hears Kostas Hardavellas explain, it was like “one wins, without winning anything.”

Papas gained international recognition for his starring role in classic 1960s films, but has sadly passed away. Greek Ministry of Culture said Wednesday.

Papas enjoyed a 50-year film career, culminating in John Madden’s “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” in 2001 alongside Hollywood stars Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz, and Manoel de Oliveira’s “A Talking Picture” in 2003, her last performance alongside Catherine Deneuve and John Malkovich.

“Zorba the Greek”, a huge success in 1964, in which she co-starred with Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates, captivated international audiences with the soundtrack – especially “Zorba’s Dance” – composed by Mikis Theodorakis.

Papas also collaborated with the late composer Vangelis on the anthem album Odes and on 666, the latest studio album by Greek progressive rock band Aphrodite’s Child.

“Majestic, stately, dynamic, Irene Papas was the personification of Greek beauty on cinema screens and on stage, an international star who radiated Greek,” Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said in a statement.

“With the strength of her talent and the charm of her personality, she conquered the world of film and theater.”

Papas suffered from Alzheimer’s disease in recent years, according to Greek media. The Ministry of Culture did not say when she died.

She was born in a village outside Corinth on the Peloponnese peninsula into a family of teachers; her father taught classical drama.

One of her greatest early successes was the title role in 1962’s ‘Electra’, a cinematic transcription of Euripides’ ancient Greek tragedy, directed by Michalis Cacoyannis.

She played a resistance fighter on the Greek island against the Nazi occupation in “The Guns of Navarone” and a young widow on the island of Crete in “Zorba the Greek”.

Her liberal political views forced her into exile in Italy and the United States in 1967-1974, when a far-right military junta ruled Greece.

With her long dark hair, pale skin and thick arched eyebrows, Papas became a symbol of Mediterranean beauty.

Married twice, Papas told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera in 2004 that “the passion of her life” was Oscar-winning film star Marlon Brando, whom she first met in 1954 in Rome and last time in 1999. in Athens.

READ MORE: Irene Papas: Her Passionate Love Affair with Marlon Brando.

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